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En la ciudad de oro y plata

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  275 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
A comienzos de 1856, la todopoderosa Compañía de las Indias decide someter Lucknow, la llamada «ciudad de oro y plata» por su belleza y riqueza legendarias, a la tutela británica. Esta forzada anexión provoca una insurrección a cuyo frente se alza la begum Hazrat Mahal, cuarta esposa del rey. Junto con su fiel rajá Jai Lal y con el apoyo de los cipayos, dispuestos a todos ...more
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Published November 2010 by Espasa (first published 2010)
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"I wish I were the Commander in Chief in India...I should do my utmost to exterminate the Race upon whom the stain of the late cruelties rested."

-Charles Dickens

By killing the other, we kill the vision that locks us into our insignificance and denies us our human dignity.
Yet, when violence breaks out the whole world is indignant:
"Why did you not speak up earlier? Why did you not explain yourself?"
What with reading being confined to either the vacuous realms of Entertainment or White Supre
I picked this book up because I'm fascinated by India and its culture. It was insightful to get a glimpse of its history. It was also interesting to draw comparisons between the British colonization and the French one.

I admired the personality of Begum Hazrat Mahal and her determination to free her country. She could do what many men of her entourage couldn't do including her husband Wajid Ali Shah. I wonder though about the truth of her love affair with the Rajah Jai Lal.

Kenizé Mourad is a go
Jan 29, 2014 Adite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction at its best!

Set in the tumultuous times of the Sepoy Mutiny, or the first war of independence fought by Indians against the British, this is a gripping tale of what went on behind the scenes. Like all great historical fiction, the author does a stupendous job of meshing fact with fiction. The protagonist of the story is Begum Hazrat Mahal, the fourth wife of Wajid Ali Shah, King of Awadh (present-day Lucknow). An orphan who is brought into Wajid Ali Shah's zenana when she is
Waheed Rabbani
Jun 25, 2015 Waheed Rabbani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1844, a fourteen-year-old orphan girl dances in the “house of fairies” in Lucknow, Awadh, India. Her beauty and poetic abilities catch the eye of Nawab Wajid Ali. He marries her (as his fourth wife) and, following the birth of a son, names her Hazrat Mahal. The fun-loving nawab relishes the good life.

Although Wajid is gleefully governing Awadh under a treaty with the British East India Company (BEIC), they are displeased with his extravagant spending of Awadh’s abundant resources. When in Feb
I received a free copy through Goodreads.
I love reading historical fictions, especially when it involves royals.

I knew India was culturally rich and full of long standing history, but I never know how culturally rich until a glimpse into the lives of Hazrat Mahal and those around her during that time period.

Hazrat Mahal is such a strong woman, just like so many others in history. Naturally history is written by the victors, so to have history told through a strong contender but was unsucces
Masen Production
“I purchased this book as it had Begum Hazrat Mahal written on the cover & it was supposed to be her story written by someone (Kenzie Mourad) who was related to her. My happiness knew no bounds as this famous/infamous brave queen's story was about to unfold in the pages.
The writer takes time to set the pace & mood & the landscape of the story, somehow she manages it by matching the slow speed given the era. It was difficult for me to not flip pages & move ahead. I may beg to dif
Rajiv Chopra
This is an excellent book. It is a romanticized story of Begum Hazrat Mahal of Lucknow, who was married to Wajid Ali Shah, "The Last King Of India". Unlike him, who was a foppish character, the Begum was an extremely admirable character. It is a pity that not too many people remember her.

The Begum was one of the key players in the Indian Mutiny of 1857, not that too many of the British historians who have covered the events of the times mention her adequately.

The book traces her history from tha
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La jumătatea secolului al XIX-lea, Lucknow, „oraș de aur și argint“ din nordul Indiei, splendid simbol al armoniei dintre musulmani și hinduși, dar și un oraș bogat datorită producției de indigo și in, se transformă în câmp de luptă. Pe fundalul acestei partituri din istorie se construiește și o frumoasă poveste de dragoste între Begum Hazrat Mahal, prima femeie care a jucat un rol în eliberarea Indiei și regele Wajid Ali Shah. Kenizé Mourad alege personaje reale, întâmplări reale, dar își ia an ...more
Ambrish Mithal
Mar 16, 2014 Ambrish Mithal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this work of historical fiction. Ms Mourad captures the atmosphere of the 1857 uprising against the British perfectly- with all its complexities, subtleties and nuances. Set in Awadh (Lucknow and surrounding areas) it describes the remarkable character of Begum Hazrat Mahal whose courage and military intelligence far exceeded that of her contemporaries. Tales of bravery and massacre, loyalty and betrayal, tolerance and violence, hatred and romance, are set against th ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Cami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La ciudad de oro y plata es una novela histórica. Relata como en Lucknow, 1856, hindúes y musulmanes ven sus tierras destruidas, creencias profanadas y vidas destrozadas, mientras luchan contra los ingleses sin entender la ineptitud con que estos actúan, creyéndolos inferiores sólo por pensar distinto a la corona.
La novela está escrita con gran fluidez, llena de acotaciones que aclaran conceptos sin traducción así como fragmentos históricos que corresponden a citas rescatadas de cartas o diarios
Jan 20, 2014 Larissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Erster Satz:
Im Jahr 1856 wird Indien von der englischen Ostindiengesellschaft beherrscht.

Meine Meinung:

Buch ist in wunderschönen Gelb- und Orangetönen gestaltet und spiegelt den Reichtum Lakhnaus wider. Sehr schönes Cover!

Jeder weiß von Indiens Kampf um seine Freiheit unter der Kolonialmacht England, doch meistens wird nur Ghandi damit in Verbindung gebracht. Doch schon ein Jahrhundert vor dessen Wirken, hat sich das indische Volk gegen
Lorna McCluskey
Mar 04, 2015 Lorna McCluskey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I had no idea what this this book would be like after receiving my copy through Goodreads Giveaways.
It is classified as Historical Fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, as I did not know the history and intrigues behind the first uprising of India. In many ways it reminds me of Ireland's struggles. Anyway, it is a good read -- more fact than fiction.
The only "complaint" (if one could call it that) is that the people aren't as deep as they could be.
While reading "In the City of Gold and Silver"
Mar 07, 2015 Imran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written book about characters from our history, we don't know much about.

Gives a lot of information about the terminologies we read and use on regular basis but don't know history behind them and how these terms developed. Like when the royal ladies got title of mahal.

Interesting to read about Wajid Ali Shah's Pari-Khana and the culture of promoting arts in Lucknow. Enjoyed the way writer states how Muharram was celebrated in Awadh and Hindu-Muslim unity during 1857 war.

Over all an inf
Mar 20, 2014 Fanny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, india
Etant donné que j'aime beaucoup l'Inde, j'ai trouvé ce livre très intéressant. C'était assez horrible d'espérer la victoire des Indiens tout en sachant qu'elle ne pouvait arriver puisque 100 ans trop tôt pour l'Histoire.
Les personnages sont réalistes mais intéressants et c'est assez romancé pour être apprécié mais sans être exagéré.
Oct 08, 2014 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: français-europe
J'ai choisi de lire ce roman parce que l'Inde me fascine et les destins de femmes m'interpellent. Ici les deux se rejoignent dans un roman historique étoffé ancré autant dans les événements politiques - la révolte des cipayes en 1857 - que dans la vie quotidienne de celle dont on suit le destin, Hazrat Mahal. Le roman débute lentement et j'ai trouvé certaines scènes un peu longues mais une fois embarquée dans le récit, quand finalement Hazrat Mahal s'impose, j'ai trouvé le rythme soutenu. Cette ...more
Svjetlana Tesla
Ako volite da citate o istoriskim bitkama, procitajte.
Meni je knjiga bila malo naporna i stalno sam cekala neki preokret,a on se tek desio na samom kraju knjige. Nije me nicim posebno ocarala...
Feb 16, 2016 Kookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful historical novel. The characters might seem a bit distant, but the author did have a LOT of ground to cover. Very detailed account of a fascinating place and era.
Raquel Castells
Jun 13, 2016 Raquel Castells rated it did not like it
I could not finish it. The story is interesting but I don't like the style. Dialogues are to unrealistic and depiction of characters superficial. Although it should be an historical novel, the characters lack depth.
May 01, 2014 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing is for sure. You will check wikipedia to find out even more about Begum Hazrat Mahal. If you are a fan of Indian culture, you will enjoy it quite a lot.
Jan 13, 2016 Morgane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-related
I love that book ! The beginning was a little slow but the second part was amazing ! Great story about an extraordinary woman!
Wendy Jensen
Jan 16, 2016 Wendy Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The author states: "The historical events and the heroes of this story are real. This saga is situated in Awadh, a kingdom in the north of India......" What a gripping, interesting story. In 1856 the British East India Company rules India. Most of these British have no idea how to deal with the Indian people. The lifestyles and beliefs are so different and most do not have a clue how not to deal with these people therefore insulting them leading to uprisings and the people trying to take back th ...more
Dec 31, 2015 Velikanova marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2016
Un livre dont le titre comporte une couleur
TC Nevin
Apr 14, 2016 TC Nevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could't forget, Begüm Lives.
Jun 25, 2014 Misanthropist rated it it was amazing
Dec 18, 2015 Melike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlk başlarda bir hayli sıksada bırakmayın ve devam edin. İlk 60 sayfadan sonra elinizden bırakamayacaksınız.
Very conflicted on this book, on one hand its an interesting and important story to tell, on the other I didn't like the narrative style.
Jun 16, 2014 Lella52 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molto interessante: racconta in modo romanzesco la storia di un personaggio realmente esistito, la begum Hazrat Mahal, che guidò la prima insurrezione per l'indipendenza dell'India. Una bella ricostruzione storica.
An very well written description of the first war of independence . Ia must read for all Indian to know what all our ancestors have gone through to get independence . The atrocities by English and sufferings by slave India r to unnerving. The book has very nicely described each and every detail .
Patricia Ibarra
Feb 11, 2012 Patricia Ibarra rated it really liked it
I read her previous book which I found somewhat slow-paced and excessively descriptive. I liked this one better and helped me get a glimpse of wat life was like when the English had India under their domain, from the perspective of the hindus. Learning hoy they lived and felt made my reading very enjoyable.
Charlotte Carroll
Detailed story of Indian revolt of 1857 against East India company and British occupation, from point of view of Begum Hazrat French. Found this non-anglo point of view refreshing, and learned about a woman military leader. A bit long with too much blow-by-blow.
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Kenizé Mourad est une romancière et journaliste française d'origine turco-indienne.

Née à Paris en 1940, Kenizé de Kotwara est la fille d’une princesse turque, membre de la Dynastie ottomane (petite-fille du sultan Mourad V par sa mère Hatidjé Sultane) mariée à un rajah indien mais réfugiée à Paris. Orpheline de sa mère peu après sa naissance, elle est élevée dans un milieu catholique.

À l’âge de 20
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“Why do women prefer adventurers who make them suffer, rather than men who are kind and attentive? Are they seduced by the man or by the vast horizons he allows them to glimpse? Is it the man they love or the dream he represents?” 11 likes
“Going against the customs of the Court and high society that consider it normal to make the lower classes wait indefinitely, Hazrat Mahal has never been able to accept this disregard for others, this manner of monopolising their time....this tendency to make them waste their lives, just out of indifference. She knows very well that for those who have nothing, offering their time is proof of their devotion.” 4 likes
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